Providing renewable energy across the UK & Europe
Onshore wind is the cheapest form of renewable power and an established technology. Wind turbines generate electricity around 80-85% of the time and power is converted to electricity very efficiently, with none of the thermal waste inherent in fossil fuel plants. Since the first commercial wind farm was constructed in Scotland, turbine capacities have increased by over 550%.
This increase in capacity, combined with improvements in technology,
has resulted in a 15-fold increase in the amount of electricity generated by each turbine.
A single, commercial scale 3.4 MW turbine is now capable of generating enough electricity to power almost 2,800 homes on an average Scottish site, and, since 2014, renewable energy has been the main form of energy generation in Scotland.
Onshore Wind supports 5,400 full time jobs in Scotland, and in 2015, community benefit from onshore wind projects paid out over 8.8 million to local communities in Scotland.
As a continuation of the company’s activities in renewable energy development we have expanded our business to include solar park developments and are currently pursuing a number of solar projects across the UK and elsewhere in Europe. Our recent developments in Europe for example include solar farms in Brandenburg and Berlin.
The energy potential that comes from the sun is practically inexhaustible. The amount of solar energy arriving on Earth exceeds daily global energy consumption by 10,000 to 15,000 fold.
Solar farm installations typically comprise multiple solar panels arranged in rows that are orientated in a southerly direction and tilted at a certain angle to maximise their potential to absorb the sun’s rays.
The rows tend to be around 5m apart and elevated which can allow sheep to still graze. The solar panels are usually mounted on a metal frame which is installed on piles driven into the ground, avoiding the need for concrete foundations and resulting in a short construction period.